FM framework launched by ASHRAE for asset boosting
New guide to help raise performance in maintaining building lifecycle
ASHRAE has launched new guidelines to better equip facility managers in improving building performance.
ASHRAE (American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air-Conditioning Engineers) Guideline 32-2012, Sustainable, High Performance Operation and Maintenance, provides guidance on optimising operation and maintenance of buildings to achieve the lowest economic and environmental life cycle cost without sacrificing safety or functionality.
"The guideline will assist those who operate and maintain buildings to achieve high performance: safe, productive indoor environments; low economic life cycle cost; low energy, water and resource use; and low impacts on the environment,” Michael Bobker, chair of the Guideline 32 committee. “The guideline applies to all buildings, not just new ones. We believe that all buildings can move toward sustainable high performance in their operations and maintenance."
They will allow FMs to develop and implement protocols for good facility and system documentation, indicate how best to establish baselines and targets through implementing a system of regular reporting and evaluation.
The guideline applies to the ongoing operational practices for buildings and systems with respect to energy efficiency, occupant comfort, indoor air quality, health and safety. These systems include the building envelope, HVAC, plumbing, complementary energy systems, and utilities and electrical systems.
"Modern air conditioning systems protect the health, comfort and productivity of building occupants,” said ASHRAE Presidential Member Bill Harrison. "Unfortunately, they consume a lot of energy while providing these benefits. When these systems are not operated properly, the energy they use can increase by 50% or more. ASHRAE Guideline 32 helps building owners and managers evaluate and eliminate the wasted energy caused by poor operating procedures. The elimination of non-value producing energy helps protect our environment while saving the building owner money. Guideline 32 provides a no regrets path to improving energy efficiency in our buildings."